(Closed) Is this odd?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
38 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

It depends. Is the boutique part of a not-for-profit organisation? I bought my dress from a charity for cancer support/research. Their dresses are not in protective bags and to be bought off the rack. The staff are also volunteers so they may not know/are aware of everything. My dress is a little bit dirty, but it’s not very obvious so I didn’t make a big deal about it. I got it for about $400.

See if you can research more about the boutique, but also trust your gut instinct.

Post # 4
12877 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

My dress shop did not keep dresses in protective bags, but most were not sold off the rack  – the off the rack prices are discounted to account for any wear and tear from other brides trying on the dresses.  this is a risk you run by going to an off-the-rack store, unfortunately. 

Post # 6
447 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@maniccupcake:  “I asked for the designer for my dress and she wouldn’t tell me.”

Everything else you stated was kind of weird, but this takes the cake. I would never go back there if I were you.

Post # 7
7195 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

@maniccupcake:  Yes, it is odd that they are charging full price for dresses that are bought off the rack and tried on by other people. When I purchased my dress off the rack I got about a 40% on the dress. Do they wash and make repairs to the dress for free? If not I would probably steer clear of the place.


@somerrae:  All of the dress shops I went to did this (removed the designers name). They did this as well for Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses. It’s fairly common where I’m from. They do this so that you can’t easily find it in another store. They want you to just purchase it from them. 




Post # 8
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I would agree that it is strange that they want you to pay full price for gowns that have been tried on and possibly damaged by other brides. Usually places give you a discount if you buy the “sample” gown to compensate you for the risk that you might need to have the dress cleaned and repaired. 

Post # 9
43 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

You should not pay full price unless the gown was ordered for you from the designer. These dresses are obviously samples that they are trying to sell as new. I would not buy a dress unless it is a really good deal. $1, 400 is not a good deal for most samples unless the original price was at least $3,000 or so. 

Post # 10
1846 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My dress is a sample dress, and you can definetly tell!

I have to have the lace-up for the corset replaced because its ripped, steamed and cleaned because there’s makeup on it, the fabric underneath the arms needs to be fixed because it’s pulling, some of the details/beads need to be reattached because they are falling off..etc,etc,etc. 

Sample dresses aren’t generally taken care of, BUT….Alternations can do wonders!!

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